JANUARY 15, 1910.
CHEYENNE AGENCY, S. D.
Dec. 1, 1909.
To the Superintendents of the
three Catholic Indian schools in
Rev. and Dear Fathers.
Philip Two Crows
is one of my schoolboys. Last
Sunday he wrote to your boys
and told them what church-songs
were known here. He asked your
boys what church hymns they
knew, stating that the boys here
wanted to learn them. Philip
wished their songs would be
learned by your boys. Thus it
would be possible to all the boys
who come to the congress to sing
together. Philip wrote that in
the name of all the boys, because
they elected him to write that
My girls chose one among them
to write your girls a similar
Reverend Fathers, I gladly
approve of the step my young
folks have taken. My reasons
1. On account of that step it
can be decided already this win-
■ ter what songs will be sung next
summer, and so there will be
plenty time to practice them.
2. No doubt, the young folks
like to sing together at the con-
gress. Therefore that step will
encourage them to learn these
3. That step will help them
to learn the teaching of Christ
still better, as every church-song
contains a part of His doctrine.
By learning church-hymns, a
person learns catechism.
4. That step will assist them
to live up to their religion, as
almost every church-song con-
tains a prayer. Singing is pray-
5. Singing cheers a person up.
Church-hymns help us to think
of what is good and noble. There-
fore that step will prompt the
youth to serve God cheerfully.
6. That step will enable our
young folks to do the same as
their parents do; these have con-
gregational singing at eyery
general meeting, as there are
some songs which they all know,
although many of them never
went to school.
7. Our heavenly Father likes
it much when a great many boys
and girls unite their voices and
sing such hymns as:
1. Holy God, we praise Thy N.
3. To Jesus' Heart all burning.
3. Daily, daily sing to Mary.
Therefore it is true to say, that
step will enable our young folks
to do something that will please
That's my seventh, last and
most important reason. Rever-
end Fathers, besides the church
hymns we should have yet two
other songs; one in honor of the
Pope and the other of the Bishop.
"Long live the Pope," words
by Hugh T. Henry, music H. G.
Gans, is a nice hymn and is easy
to learn it. Fisherman Bros. 7,
11 Bible House, New York, pub-
lished it. Price of the vocal part
per 100 copies 75cts, Will we
On page 151 the Catholic Youth's
hymnbook has the song: "Wel-
come to our pastor."
If we choose that as second
one, we leave out the word "pas-
tor,"' and put the word "Bishop"'
The verses of that song are
very nice, but the music is hard,
it goes way up to the high g.
Reverend Fathers, I hope, you
know of an other one which is
May God grant you a joyful
Xmas and also may he give you
success during the whole New
Very sincerely Yours.
CHEYENNE AGENCY, S. D.
Nov. 28, 1909.
To the boys of Father Martin,
St, Francis Mission, Holy Rosa-
ry Mission, Immaculate Concep-
tion Mission and all the other In-
dian schools of South Dakota.
To day the Catho-
lic boys of the Cheyenne Agency
Boarding School elected me to
tell you what follows:
We all wish every one of you
a Merry Christmas and a Happy
New Year. Our church is a half
mile from our school; anyhow
we go there every Sunday, and
we know well the following
1. Nearer my God to Thee.
2. Holy God we praise Thy name.
3. Accept Almighty Father.
4. Come Holy Ghost, Creator bl.
5. To Jesus Heart all burning.
6. Jesus my Lord my God my all.
7. Oh God I am not worthy.
8. What happines can equal mine
9. Daily, daily sing to Mary.
10. Mother pray for me.
11. Mother dearest, Mother
Dear Friends, please write us
and tell us, what church songs
you know. If we don"t know
some of them we want to learn
them and if you don't know some
of ours please practice them.
Then next congress we all can
sing together; that will surely
We all hope, that we can shake
hands with many of you at our
next omniciye tanka.
■ Philip Two Crows.
My dear friends. I wish you
the same as Philip did. Here at
this school at the commencement
exercises, that pupil who is the
best in declamation, gets a gold-
en medal. Last June Philip Two
Crows got it. Sincerely Yours
Rev. John Vogel.
Cheyenne Agency, S. D.
Nov. .29, 1909.
To all the Indian girls of South
Merry Christmas and
happy New Year to you all.
1. Holy God we praise Thy name
2. Nearer my God to Thee.
3. Come Holy Ghost, Creator bl.
4. Oh Lord. I am not worthy.
5. Jesus my Lord, my God my all
6. To Jesus' Heart all burning.
7. Mother dearest, Mother fairest
8. Daily, daily sing to Mary.
9. Mother dear, oh pray for me.
10. What happiness can equal
We all know these songs. We
sing them the way they are
in St. Basil's hymnal; only
one excepted, namely: "What
happiness can equal mine." Our
air to that hymn is on page 42
in the Catholic Youth. We also
sing often the offertory hymn;
"Accept Almighty Father," Ca-
tholic Youth, page 14.1.
Friends, should you not know
one of those eleven hymns please
learn it. No doubt you know
some churh songs which we don't.
Please tell us a few of those you
like especially well; we want to
We hope to meet many of you
during our next congress and
then we can sing together God's
praises. Please answer us also
in the Eyanpaha.
Yesterday my companions
elected me to write this letter.
In the name of all the catholic
school girls at the government
Boarding School of this agency.
My dear ones, I also wish you
a merry Xmas and a happy New
Year. Sincerely Yours
Rev. John Vogel.
Christ, Not Santa Claus.
Christmas Is The Feast of the
(Taken from the Catholic Tribune.)
Few things reveal so striking-
ly the utter thoughtlessness
which obtains among many Ca-
tholics regarding questions of im- "
port, as their attitude toward the
Santa Claus-fraud, perpetrated
year after year at Christmas
time. Many earnest Christian-
minded Protestants have put us
to shame by their vigorous con-
demnation of the foolish custom
which centers the Christmas fes-
tivities around a plump, overfed
grotesque Santa Claus in huge
boots, feltcap and immense red
ulster. It would seem that even
in our days and in our houses
' 'there is no room" for the Christ-
Child, our God and our Re-
It may be that Santa Claus is
a corruption of St. Nicholas, the
friend of children, If so, De-
cember the 6th is his day; hav-
JANUARY 15. 1910.
ing received his due honors then,
why should he encroach upon
the hallowed domain of the Christ
child? Santa Clans, as now con-
ceived, does honor neither to St.
Nicholas nor to Christ from
whose honor and homage he de-
tracts by thrusting his own gro-
tesque self into prominence dur-
ing the Christmas season.
Someone may object saying
that the Church always retained
what was good and useful among
the practices of different nations;
yes, even heathen practices.
Quite true! But she cannot and
does not encourage this, Santa
Claus cult, which threatens to-
supplant in the hearts of the
young all tr je conception of the
Most Holy Feast of Christ's Na-
tivity; to take away the sublime
religious character of Christmas
and degrade it to 'a day of buf-
foonry and merry making.
mere insinuation are often worse ST. FRANCIS MISSION, S. D. George Minard
than a bare-faced lie. And so Nov. 22, 1909. Bear Shield
it is that the grotesque figure of Mitakuyepi. ! Mrs James Stead
Santa Claus, this foolish mutila- 1 Rosebud Reservation Thomas Cutchall
tion of a Christian idea, slowly ; Sicangu oyanke etanhan taku to- Louisa "
but surely weans the child from | na blaotanin wacin. Hekta July Peter Bordeaux
the lively faith, the tender eager, 1908 Rosebud el catholic con- Annie ''
love, it else should center upon | gress unyuhapi na he ehanl wo- John Dubray
the dear Christchild. Gradually j yustan wanji lecel unkagapi. To- Mrs
on® token after another of the \ na letan tokata St. Joseph iklu- Ned Duville
Catholic Christmas disappears; jwica^api kin hena, Otoiyohi oma- ' Rosalie Hawkman
the beautiful Christmas songs, | ka iyohi mazaska okise (50cents) Henry Horse-looking
kajujupi ktana mazaska kin hena. George Good Shield
un wicasawakan na wayazankapi Joseph Boucher
na onsikapi nains wocekiye etki- Foster Thunderhawk
like Santa Claus. Pictures and| yaU n wowikiyapi kta eya yu- Hellen Garreaux
books designed and published | stanpi. Heon etan le oyanke el Mrs Geo. Knock-off-two
for children are mere glorifica- | wanna tona "certificate'- icupi Louisa Flood
and the crib are heard and seen
no more, and nothing is left but
the Christmas tree and the clown -
tions of Santa Claus. Christ our na wokajuju econpikin henabla- 1 Oct 3. 1909.
Infant Saviour is heard and seen ! otanin kta na hecel tona nahan- ' Henry Stranger Horse
no more. And out of sight is rc i wokajuju ecanonpi sni kin Robert Stead"
out of mind. I hena slolyakiyapi kta wacin. George Whirlwind Soldier
But perhaps the child will hear j Sicangu oyanke el St. Joseph Charles Bordeaux
enough of the Christchild at the n a St. Mary owancaya omniciye Agatha Bordeaux
sermon in church. Even so! The wan unyuhapi na he wi yamni George Minard
Christmas with the Christchild j Santa Glaus cult once established, iyohi wancala omniciye unyuha- Joseph Garneaux
our Redeemer, with the sweet \ in the family, propagated and pi na he el St. Jos. ikluwicaka Hellen Garneaux
humble poverty of the crib, the glorified in books, in pictures, in wicoran kin he pakiya iyankena
fragrance and beauty of the the newspapers and shops, means be el lena oitancanpi.
Christmas tree, is a feast day not a triumph over the true Catholic Louis Bordeaux itancan.
onlyof Holy Church, but of every belief in Christ our Infant Re- George Gog°ie-eye okihe.
loyal Christian family. It should deemer. Why connive with the Chas. Bordeaux treasurer.
serve to rouse, vivify and forces of the enemy, at the sub- Daniel Eaglehawk secretary.
strenghten in the family & espe- version and destruction of true Rosebud oyanke ataya lena
cially in the young, and ardent Catholic belief, by substituting iyohi 50cts wokajuju econpi
childlike love for and devotion Santa Claus for the sweet sim- j Jan. 1 1909.
to the Redeemer of the world, plicity, love and tender influence ' Daniel Eao-lehawk
Old and young, rich and poor, of the Infant Jesus? Mary " "
should rejoice in the realization ! How can we fight against the Louis Bordeaux
that Christ has come as our Re- dangerous influence of the Santa Julia "
deemer, has taken upon Himself Claus cult? Banish him first Frank Janises
the helplessness, frailty and from your homes. Restore the Josephine : '
poverty of our human form, that Infant Jesus to His place of hon- f m , Brido-eman
by humility and love he might or. Bring the crib; the old Christ- Willie "
break the spell of darkness cast mas hymns; the common prayer, Eugene Little
upon our race by Original Sin. in which parents and children Annie Little
Satan has ever been and is the unite to praise and honor and Laban White
archenemy of our race. Envy adore the true giver of all good Lucy !?
and hate fill his heart on seeing gifts Christ, our Saviour and Bad Omaha
the joy which is ours because of King. \ jy[ rs 3 a( j »
Christ. So called men of learn- 1 Avoid purchasing any and all Louise Duville
ing and science have sought, by Santa Claus goods in the stores Chas Bordeaux
sham science, ridicule and shal- and shops. Let the merchants Agatha "
low wit to subvert and destroy know that you discountenance Pete v londra
the belief in Christ. Still in the the Santa Claus humbug, and he Mollie '"
kingdom of lowly hearts, among will be careful to provide you Osmund Irontail
the people, Christ reigns as the with old-fashioned Christian Mrs. " "
Saviour, the sweet Christchild, toys, picture-books and trinkets. Timothy Kills Sharp
the help, consolation and joy of j Honor to whom honor is due. Julia " "
the poor and needy remains the Let not that hard word be heard Aoril 11 1909
center of true Christmas joy. from you: "There is no room." . _
j T _. Alex JJesersa
Blasphemy and pseudoscience Let Christ reign in your family t ,,
has as yet not conquered the on Christmas day. Let Christ ' „ . ..
i , . -, ^, Chas Roubideaux
loyalty of the humble hearts of . rei ^ n m ^ our hearts and the.
the masses of the people. Hence ! hearts of your children, and as Ma ^ ie
He is the Prince of Peace such as Louis Minard
new tactics are brougt into play. ±u~ _ u - • . ln k, ,,
the world cannot give, will come Mary "
Santa Claus is just the thing
needed. A slight innuendo, a yours.
to you and abide with you and Jos. Garreaux Jr.
Total , $29-00
Ho mitakuyepi, lena he wanna
wokajuju ekiknakapi uniyuskin-
yan blaotanin na hunr yakajuju-
pi sni wicasa nains winyan koya
tka hena ecani yakajujupl kta
iyececa. Nakun wanjikji kaju-
jupi naceca tka wicacaje kin ee
maqupi sni, hena tokata omaka
blaotanin kta; na ake tona oma-
ka 1910 el kajujupi kta heci hena
koya ake nayaronpi kte lo.
Heon wanna tona St. Joseph
na St. Mary henicapi na wowi-
cala cante mahel luhapi kin na-
kun akantanhan kpazo po.
Hehanl Rosebud el 'certificate'
icupi kin wanna yamni untapelo.
Henry Elk Spirhvface, Joseph
Red Tomahawk na Nancy Little,
Jacob Fighting Bear tawicu.
Heon iyotan rci tona certificate
iyacupi kin hena waktayahan
unpo, na tapi eya caje owicabla-
ke kin hena un wocekiye ewica-
kiciyapo, nagi tawapi kin un.
Thank you very much for all
those who paid their annual
fees. Hoping God will bless you
all for doing such a good Work.
Daniel Eagle Hawk, Sec.
Christmas econhan wawicaqu-
pi, qa wayuhapi. Ija nakun iye-
Oranpiya wawicaqu wo, he ta-
ku kae wicayaqu kta esta, taku
waste, qais wowindagyepica wi-
cayaqu kta hecinhan, he wowa-
stedake qa kodakiciyapi kin iya-